Core i9: What You Need to Know

The Intel Core i9 is a massive improvement over every previous version for several generations. It is the first brand new class of core processor that has been released by Intel in years and it does an excellent job at more than a few things. The technical specifications of this i9 processor are significantly superior to the previous generation i7s. The price and specs of the i7 CPUs range from $999 to $1999 with every member of the new i9 family supporting DDR4-2666 memory with 13.75 to 24.75 MBs of L3 Memory Cache, and a base clock speed running between 3.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz (https://www.pcworld.com/article/3199955/components-processors/intel-core-i9-prices-specs-release-date-features-faqs.html).

 

Specs

i9 7900X:

– Socket 2066

– Four Channel DDR4-2666

– 44 PCI Express 3.0 lanes

– 13.75 MB L3 Cache

– 10/20 Cores/Threads

– Base Clock Speed 3.3 GHz

– Turbo Boost 2.0 Clock Speed 4.3 GHz

– Turbo Boost Max Clock Speed 4.5 GHz

 

i9 7920X:

– Socket 2066

– Four Channel DDR4-2666

– 44 PCI Express 3.0 lanes

– 16.5 MB L3 Cache

– 12/24 Cores/Threads

– Base Clock Speed 2.9 GHz

– Turbo Boost 2.0 Clock Speed 4.3 GHz

– Turbo Boost Max Clock Speed 4.4 GHz

 

i9 7940X:

– Socket 2066

– Four Channel DDR4-2666

– 44 PCI Express 3.0 lanes

– 19.25 MB L3 Cache

– 14/28 Cores/Threads

– Base Clock Speed 3.1 GHz

– Turbo Boost 2.0 Clock Speed 4.3 GHz

– Turbo Boost Max Clock Speed 4.4 GHz

 

i9 7960X:

– Socket 2066

– Four Channel DDR4-2666

– 44 PCI Express 3.0 lanes

– 22 MB L3 Cache

– 16/32 Cores/Threads

– Base Clock Speed 2.8 GHz

– Turbo Boost 2.0 Clock Speed 4.2 GHz

– Turbo Boost Max Clock Speed 4.4 GHz

 

i9 7980XE:

– Socket 2066

– Four Channel DDR4-2666

– 44 PCI Express 3.0 lanes

– 24.75 MB L3 Cache

– 18/36 Cores/Threads

– Base Clock Speed 2.6 GHz

– Turbo Boost 2.0 Clock Speed 4.2 GHz

– Turbo Boost Max Clock Speed 4.4 GHz

Performance

When looking at the performance of the i9 processors, all of them are easily superior to both the i7s and the Ryzen CPUs, however, the most substantial difference comes in when looking at the difference between the 7980X and the i7 6950X Broadwell-E processor. When comparing it to the i9’s 7980X model, you can easily see that the performance is almost two times greater than that of the 6950X. The difference between the 7980 and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is far less significant however, it is there and still somewhat noticeable but the two extra cores in the Intel i9s provides a significant boost in performance compared to what the Threadripper has access to.

New Features

Unlike previous generations where Overclocking required a specific model of processor that was made to be overclocked in order to do so, every single i9 comes tailor-made for overclocking and does not require the purchase of a specific model to be overclocked. However, overclocking does require additional cooling and Intel does not recommend a fan based solution and sells their own water cooling system to assist with this (https://www.pcworld.com/article/3199955/components-processors/intel-core-i9-prices-specs-release-date-features-faqs.html).

The i9’s new chipset supports up to eight SATA 3.0 ports and 10 USB 3.0 ports as well as 44 PCIe Gen 3 lanes and quad channel memory.

While Intel’s Core i7 processors are easily superior to the Threadripper, a price difference of several hundred dollars is not something that can be ignored.

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